The International Visegrad Fund is an international organization based in Bratislava, Slovakia. The purpose of the Fund is to facilitate and promote the development of closer cooperation among citizens and institutions in the region as well as between the V4 region (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia) and other countries, especially the Western Balkans and countries of the Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine). The Fund does so through grant support of common cultural, scientific and educational projects, youth exchanges, cross-border projects and tourism promotion, and through individual mobility programs (scholarships, residencies).
As for Standard Grants funding, the Visegrad Fund entities from at least three Visegrad Group (V4) countries (the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) must be involved. It is advised, however, to include partners from all V4 countries.
Projects financed within Standard Grants should fall within one of the following six categories: cultural cooperation, scientific exchange and research, education, youth exchange, cross-border cooperation or promotion of tourism.
Any legal entity or natural person worldwide is eligible for funding, provided that the given project proposal deals with topics relevant to the Visegrad region and promotes cooperation among project partners in the region. Preferences are given to applicants from non-governmental and non-profit organizations,municipalities and local governments, public schools and universities, research and scientific bodies and public institutions in general with the exception of organizations directly funded from a state budget—e.g. ministries, embassies, cultural institutes.
Minimum contribution of the Fund for each Standard Grant is €6,001 and more. The financial contribution of the Fund cannot exceed 70% of total project costs including the in-kind contribution of the applicant, or in-kind contributions of other subjects. The maximum time frame of the proposed budget is 12 months.
All grant applications must be submitted through the on-line application system by 12:00 (noon) CET on a given deadline date; signed hard-copy versions (printouts) with accompanying documentation can be personally delivered by 16:30 CET on the same day or sent by post with that day’s postmark as the latest.
For more information please see the Grant guidelines.